Category Archives: State News

Social Media Coupon Scam Returns

Social Media Coupon Scam Returns

ILLINOIS (RFD) — If you have seen the recent social media coupon offers for Costco, Bud Light, or Marlboro, don’t click on the link. That’s the word from the Better Business Bureau. Social media scams are easy to create and can target thousands of people at once due to how users interact with pages, post,…read more

Congressman Bost Discusses Possible Federal Benefits of Gas Tax

Congressman Bost Discusses Possible Federal Benefits of Gas Tax

CARBONDALE, IL — The state of Illinois doubled their gas tax in July from 19 cents a gallon to 38 cents. The increase went hand-in-hand with several bills Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed into law including a $45 billion capital plan, an expansion of gaming across the state and a revenue package that includes additional tax…read more

House passes insulin prescription price cap bill

House passes insulin prescription price cap bill

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Legislation aimed at capping the out-of-pocket costs of prescription insulin for those with state-regulated health care plans passed a House committee Tuesday with bipartisan support and a 13-2 favorable roll call. Senate Bill 667 now awaits a vote from the full House of Representatives. If it passes, it will head to the…read more

Ethylene Oxide Ban Attempt Fails, Sponsor Plans to Try Again Next Year

Ethylene Oxide Ban Attempt Fails, Sponsor Plans to Try Again Next Year

SPRINGFIELD (IRN) — A measure that would have phased out the use of ethylene oxide failed to advance Wednesday, but sponsors of the legislation to ban the use of the cancer-causing chemical plan start fresh in 2020. House Bill 3888 would have phased out the use of ethylene oxide in sterilization facilities by 2021 and in…read more

Senate Says OK Proposal To Stop Rolling Clocks Back and Forth

Senate Says OK Proposal To Stop Rolling Clocks Back and Forth

ILLINOIS (RFD) — Will rolling the clocks back be a thing of the past? The Illinois Senate voted 44-2 (2 abstained), to stop moving clocks back and forth for Daylight Saving Time. The vote would keep the state on permanent Daylight Saving Time. Republican Senator Dave Syverson says he’s all for a change but being…read more

November is Diabetes Prevention Month

November is Diabetes Prevention Month

ILLINOIS (WITHERS BROADCASTING) — The month of November may be a time for cooler weather and fall flavors. However, November is also Diabetes Prevention Month. Jill Williams is a Registered Dietitian and Nutrition Educator with the St. Louis Dairy Council. She says there are three main types of diabetes that are prevalent in over 30…read more

Freese-Notis meteorologist talks cold November weather

Freese-Notis meteorologist talks cold November weather

ILLINOIS (RFD) — What’s causing this cold air this week in Illinois with some parts of the state already seeing sub-zero wind chills in November? Freese-Notis meteorologist Dan Hicks with an answer. The first day of winter isn’t until Dec. 21st.read more

Social Security talks wounded warrior benefits

Social Security talks wounded warrior benefits

ILLINOIS (RFD) — Social Security reminding Veterans of Wounded Warriors Benefits. The agency’s Jack Myers says veterans will receive expedited attention to their disability claims. He indicates the location where the injury took place while on active duty is not relevant in the claims process but it did have to happen in a certain time…read more

Ameren Illinois Gives Goats Right-of-Way to Clear Vegetation

Ameren Illinois Gives Goats Right-of-Way to Clear Vegetation

HILLVIEW, IL — Ameren Illinois is experimenting with an environmental-friendly way to remove invasive vegetation in difficult-to-reach areas across its service territory. Dave Schenck with Ameren says the company is piloting the use of 50 goats along a steep and rocky plot of land in Hillview, Illinois. Tree trimmers with chainsaws could be called in…read more

Illinois Department of Natural Resources Reminds Hunters About Tree Stand Safety

Illinois Department of Natural Resources Reminds Hunters About Tree Stand Safety

ILLINOIS (IRN) — The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is promoting hunting safety this season with a reminder that the most common safety issues do not involve firearms. As hunting season begins in Illinois, the department spokeswoman Rachael Torbert said the most common cause of hunting accidents in Illinois involve tree stands. Last year, 19…read more

Concert Calendar

The Marshall Tucker Band @ River City Casino & Hotel

The Marshall Tucker Band @ River City Casino & Hotel

Friday, November 22, 2019 ON SALE • $19.00, $29.00, $39.00, $49.00 TIME • Show 8:00pm Tickets available at River City Casino or at Ticketmaster.com. Guests must be 21 years of age and present a valid photo ID

Trans-Siberian Orchestra Christmas Eve and Other Stories @ Enterprise Center

Trans-Siberian Orchestra Christmas Eve and Other Stories @ Enterprise Center

Thursday, December 26, 2019 ON SALE •   TIME • 3:00 pm & 7:00 pm 12 Days of TSO Verified Fan Registration is where all fans can sign up at tso.tmverifiedfan.com for exclusive access to the best tickets for the best price before tickets go on sale to the general public. A portion of the proceeds benefitting The Salvation Army Tree…

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